R.I.P. Chantal Akerman

     |    Wednesday October 7th, 2015  |     9

Death is like taxes, and “thanks“ to social media there is no dearth of reports of cherished personalities exiting at a ripe old age and/or far too young. But the news of Chantal Akerman’s passing put a particular pall over yesterday. Akerman was a filmmaker who decisively influenced the way I think about cinema and 

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Now More Than Ever – The 9th Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival

     |    Sunday October 4th, 2015  |     6

Human rights always matter. But this year, the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) couldn’t be more timely, with the increased influx of refugees into Europe, heightened awareness and indignation about government as well as corporate surveillance, the economic crisis in Greece, not to mention reports about human rights violations, but also inspiring stories 

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On Location In Prenzlauer Berg With Bright Blue Gorilla

     |    Friday August 28th, 2015  |     3

Bright Blue Gorilla is back! The globetrotting musical and filmmaking duo of Los Angelenos Robyn Rosenkrantz und Michael Glover is shooting their sixth low budget feature, “Mr. Rudolpho’s Jubilee”, in Italy and Berlin. “Mr. Rudolpho’s Jubilee” is the second Bright Blue Gorilla opus to be set in Berlin (earlier comedies KARATE FILM CAFÉ and LOSE 

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R.I.P. Peter Kern – From Fassbinder to Räuber Hotzenplotz and Beyond

     |    Thursday August 27th, 2015  |     1

Austrian filmmaker and actor Peter Kern has passed away at age 66. He had been performing since childhood, singing in the Vienna Boys Choir and acting on stage and screen. His film debut was Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s “Ludwig – Requiem for a Virgin King” (1972), the first of Syberg’s monumental and controversial reflections on German history. 

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Tony Conrad – In Berlin And On realeyz

     |    Thursday August 20th, 2015  |     1

US minimalist composer-filmmaker-author-curator-activist Tony Conrad has been shaping the way we listen and see for over five decades. His drone music collaborations with John Cale, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Angus MacLise (as The Dream Syndicate) changed the face of rock – by way of Cale’s later band, the ceaselessly influential Velvet Underground and 

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